My name is Jane and I am the creative half of Wylde Oake Artistry which is an inter-disciplinary practice born out of a life-long love of the natural world and the evolution of artistic development through both a BA Honours (Textiles) degree, and latterly, an MA in Fine Art (graduated autumn 2023).
My work currently seeks to explore and question our human perception of the fungal kingdom within a speculative (Mycocenic) future, in which we become companion species, through its situating primarily, but not exclusively, within the Disrupted Realism movement. The distractions and disruption of contemporary life has lead to an often archival format of work that seeks to reveal the mycological secrets of the woodland floors as well as the urban jungles in which so many of us now live. My working process often incorporates photographic, or sketched, documentation, sound recordings and personal experiences that speak of physical interactions, of questioning the toxicity and taxonomy of fungi, and of close observation either within nature or within my studio thus creating pieces that are deeply personal and subjective renditions of the world in which we coexist. As a direct consecution of creation is a desire to create dialogue around our human interaction with all things fungal, ecological and woodland.
The resulting soft pastel artworks vary from softly rendered representations of fungal forms , their depiction within woodland ecosystems or complex and confusing imagery that seeks to blur the boundaries between nature and our human bodies.